Grateful Dead Live at Augusta Civic Center on 1984-10-12
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Source: Oade Recording -- FOB -- Schoeps CMC 441> Oade M118 > Sony TC D5>DATs (@44.1k).
DAT>SHN -- Sony PCM-M1>Coax 7 pin>Zoltrix Nightingale (coax mod)>Soundforge 5.0 (No Processing)>CDWAV (track splitting)>SHN (Seekable);Seeded by Darrin Sacks; also to abgd via Charlie Connor
- 2004-07-07 10:52:20
- Augusta, ME
- Augusta Civic Center
Subject: Gotta love it
The Augusta Civic Center is so small that the normal stage setup couldn't fit so not a lot of flown equipment. It gave everybody an intimate view of the band. There is some video of the show on youtube.
Jerry was a mountain... huge... the heaviest I ever saw him. And his hair was long and stringy. The poor man was downright unhealthy looking. But OMG did he pour it out at these shows. As I think back on these killer shows... I think Jerr Bear was sober... at least more so than usual.
Everybody rightly raves about the Dew but there are also other jewels - the Uncle John's/drums/Playing/Uncle John's is some other the best playing I've seen. Jerry and Bob were picking and grinning, digging their craft, digging the crowd. Maybe they flubbed the words a bit but that always happens. Don't miss the Jack-A-Roe & Music Never Stopped.
I miss those days
Subject: Wow. Just wow.
Other reviewers talk about the emotion in Dew, and that's certainly there. But this may also be the most powerful I've ever heard Jerry. Take a listen starting at 4 minutes into the Dew. Simply awesome.
5 star aud. 5 star show. 843 stars for Jerry.
Its shows like this that make me feel bad for heads who say they don't listen to anything from the 80s. Man are they missing out. I enjoy this as much as Europe 72, May 77 and anything else you want to throw out there. Cherish every single year of the Dead.
Subject: The Cream of '84
Subject: My first Dead show!
Subject: Tour games!
Other notes: the P.A. speakers were so low to the ground in this tiny gym you could almost reach up and touch them. The Morning Dew was pin-drop quiet at points but eventually inspired the crowd to clap in unison during part of the solo. I know that sounds obnoxious but i think it worked. I swear I thought the whole place was going to life off the ground during the end of Good Lovin' and I get goosebumps typing this. Once they left the stage it was a simple rainbow of lights above the stage and I remember thinking "maybe they come out and play Dark Star" like they did in Berkeley almost three months prior. Yeah right...
This recording does this show justice
Subject: great intimate show
this is one of the best shows I ever saw, rich and warm tones in an intimate setting, great crowd, fantastic set list, couldnt believe i got a CR&S and the best DEW ever, Jerry's voice was fine that night. smiles all around. i think i felt the love of this show for a solid week. nice to have the 24bit. i got a copy of this show probably two weeks after, had to pay the guy $20,and still he had to cut a few seconds off of a song or two, way to go Fully Pinette!
5 stars for recording, 5 stars for performance and 5 stars for the vibe
Subject: I Guess It Does Matter in Every Way
Subject: sounds great...
Subject: Just Rockin With the DEAD in Maine!!!!
Subject: Augusta Second night
Subject: sweet aud
oh and its a pretty hot show too. i gave it 4 stars only because i reserve the 5 stars for 73-74, 77 (usually).
Subject: Birthday Show didn't disappoint
I have yet to hear a Dew that matches this in intensity. It cresendoes to two magical points that bring chills and tears to my eyes years later. What an amazing time we live in that we can re-live these moments.
Thanks to everyone for playin with the band!
Subject: Quit laughing, son..you'll puke.
Subject: One of the top 3 Dead shows I ever attended
Today is the first time I searched archive.org for the Grateful Dead, and I was surprised to see this show (and source) listed first.
I will never forget the single white spotlight on Jerry while he spilled his guts emotionally during this Dew, while the rest of the stage was fairly dark. It seemed you could see his aura clearly, and the climax of the tune caused my hair to stand on end.
I helped make this very recording in my own small way. I was travelling with my good friend Doug Oade on this portion of the tour, and I helped carry gear and also since I was the tallest taper in this group I stood behind the stand and helped protect the 'pile' of equipment as we were FOB way close to the stage and it was really intense down there.
I also had my sony D5 plugged into his rig, and still have my master tapes of charlotte - augusta on this fall 84 run.
I disagree with the reviewer ragging on the first set. Some of these were rarities when played here and the whole set had the wonderful feel of this being a 'special' show where songs normally only played acoustic in the past could be pulled out.
This show is a treasured memory in my Dead listening career and this recording is equally a treasure.
11/20/07 update. Reading here and the other reviews, some mention lack of bass/hall ambience in this particular Oade recording. I can say that we got an FOB spot that Doug decided later was perhaps too close to the stage and somewhat inside of the stacks, so this show has a higher component of stage sound relative to system and hall sound, I believe. Since this was where I stood, it sounds just like the show I heard. But keeping the equipment and stand protected and steady down front like that in that joyous mob was not easy. I am so thankfull I made it all the up from Georgia for this run.
Subject: top o' the pops
Subject: Crank It Up!
Subject: Dire Warning
your soul will leave your body and you will rise into the heavens towards a light more bright and beautiful than you have even seen. As you approach, a small wooden dais topped by a very large book will appear. Behind it will be standing a very impressive angel, patiently awaiting your arrival.
He will ask you a few, quick informational questions. There may be some additional queries posed of a more searching and personal nature. Eventually, he will ask if you either attended or have listened to the Grateful Dead 1984-10-12.
If you say yes, you will be promptly admitted into
Paradise with no further delay. If you say no, or merely looked baffled, there will be a prolonged, awkward silence while St. Peter regards you with pity and exasperation over the top of his glasses.
After a few seconds, he will utter a sigh, shake his head sadly, the clouds will part beneath you until you fall all the way back to Earth, where you will be forced to relive your life until you finally listen to this show.
Yeah, it's that important.
Subject: something's missing
I am going to check out the other audience source(s) here to see if they have more depth to the bottom end. Maybe I just have unrealistic expectations based on the unbelievable oade recording of the night before this one.
This was a crazy show to attend, goosebumps start to finish. I just don't get that back from this recording unfortunately.
Subject: F I V E S T A R S
Subject: Quality is great + All over now is one for the ages
Set II is legendary and I forget why I missed these 2 shows (I made some of the others) running into friends afterwards they just gave you this 'you have no idea' look when you asked... I got the tape right away and was blown away especially by the Dew. 84 was inconsisent but man when they were on like that last night at the Greek when they encored with Dark Star they were on - This equals that show.
Any way, I want to add to the long list of great reviews for this show. My take is mainly on the first set. Back in the mid-80s when I started trading shows, I had what I think now was a copy of either this aud or the other one that is posted of the first set only. It was easily one of my 3 favorite tapes. I think it eventually just disintegrated due to over play. The song selection is awesome IMHO. A kickin Stranger to get things started. On the Road Again, Jack-A-Roe. Both are sweet. I have always loved All Over Now, and this version smokes. Cumberland (a very underated song in my estimation) just jams, And MNS to close the set just brings the house down. I can't give enough superlatives to this rockin first set, and I haven't even listened to the 2nd set yet. Based on previous reviews, that seems as if it will be tasty as well. I can't wait. So happy that I found this posted here. It can now resume it's place in my collection as one of my all time favorites. 4.5 for recording and 5.5 for show = 5 STARS.
Subject: Show's great, but get the SBD
Subject: Morning Dew
Subject: love it
Subject: Yeah, baby, yeah!
Thanks for the upload, and the opportunity to relive these very special nights in Maine.
Shout out to all my homeys from UMass, Class of '87, who made the trip!!
Subject: Mmmm Mmmmm Good!
enjoy, and bring the tissues.
Subject: I wanna take that ride again
All you have to know is that this Dew is probably one of the finest examples of Jerry "beltin' it out" vocally. I have had a similar sounding AUD tape for about sixteen years that I still listen to, and I still get chills hearing Jerry's vocal outpouring in this Morning Dew. When everybody who writes a review here keeps saying the same thing, you know it must be true.
Listen to Morning Dew right now! It'll bring a tear to your eye.
Subject: Why is 84 so underrated?
Subject: Special in Every Way
Subject: Set II is perfect 80s Dead
Subject: Good second set
Subject: This is Grateful Dead
Roses...On the Road Again...All Over Now...Cold Rain, Brent's perfect vocals on UJB, that haunting post-UJB jam that makes my eyes dilate without the need for any additional substances... Dew...
And to hear it like you're right there in that venue, is a blessing from the Brothers Oade...perfection in live recording...
Definitive Grateful Dead...
:) :) :)
Subject: my lucky night
Subject: This is as magical as it gets...
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